Sunday, September 19, 2010
Sekhmet, Embrace Your Anger
Sekhmet was the warrior Goddess of Upper Egypt. She is depicted as a lioness, the fiercest hunter known to the Egyptians. It was said that her breath created the desert. She was seen as the protector of the pharaohs and led them in warfare. After battles the people would hold festivals to pacify Sekhmet so that the destruction would end. Legend goes that after one battle her anger and blood lust could not be quenched and she almost destroyed all of humanity. So Ra tricked her by filling the Nile with beer and pomegranate juice so she thought it was blood and drank it till she was intoxicated and her anger quenched. The Nile really does turn red every year as it floods and red soil floats into it. This story could easily be a story of the Goddess saving the people from the flood water.
She is here today to remind us that anger is a real emotion and you can not deny it. Part of a woman's strength is from her anger, so don't hold it in. Confront your anger, understand what is behind it, and then release it. But don't hold onto it or it will burn you.